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03 MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD 04 DEPARTMENT NEWS Updates from the Food Science and Nutrition Department

07 FEATURE: STUDENT SUCCESS FSN student award winners and nominees


Memorial scholarships and endowments

10 COVER STORY: SURP STUDENTS Q&A Q&A with Summer Undergraduate Research Program students

14 LIFE AFTER POLY: BREWING SUCCESS Interview with food science alumna Amy Crook

16 LIFE AFTER POLY: BELIEVING IN YOURSELF Interview with nutrition alumna Golnaz Ghomeshi Friedman


Maddy Dean (Senior, Graphic Communication) Celina Laguisma (Junior, Graphic Communication)


AnnMarie Cornejo, Jo Ann Lloyd


Rebecca Bland, Amy Crook, Heather Donovan, Erin Foote, Golnaz Ghomeshi Friedman, Kalina Gardiner, Kellen Huffman, Aleksandro Kristo, Clara Lang, Joy Lieuallen, Merijane McTalley, Rob Neenan, Chelsea Rexrode, Stephanie Robinson, Angelos Sikalidis, Baylee Wilhelmson, Haley Wintsch, Katy Yamada



18 STUDENT NEWS: DEPARTMENT CLUBS Learn more about the Food Science and Nutrition Club


The Department thanks its donors


The theme of this year’s newsletter is research — specifically, research done by our undergraduate students. While research is aimed to push the boundaries of human knowledge, at Cal Poly we give it a specific twist. As a polytechnic institution, our mission is to provide practical solutions to the key issues facing society and industry. How can we better do this than by including our students in research, the ultimate Learn by Doing experience? This year’s cover story is about the involvement of Food Science and Nutrition (FSN) Department students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), funded by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Students who are selected for this program receive a stipend to carry out research during 10 weeks over summer break. They engage in their research projects in close collaboration with professors in the FSN Department. This not only provides for a unique mentoring and learning experience, it also substantially supports the research programs of our professors. In this edition of Newsbite, you will read a number of short interviews with last summer’s SURP students, who discussing their research and personal experiences during this unique internship. Research is an increasingly active endeavor in the FSN Department, with our professors engaged in research projects that include food sustainability and food waste, the relation between metabolism obesity; and Type 2 diabetes, food safety and safe food supply chains, and the development of innovative foods and new food processes. All of these

research projects are driven by current needs in industry and society. Throughout the department, we are working hard to improve research infrastructure for both faculty and students. We are building on research in the Human Nutrition Lab that was opened last year, and also investing in stateof-the-art instrumentation that will allow us to actively drive food science research that will enable the industry to develop healthier, pleasurable and more sustainable foods. We rely on and appreciate your help in making these improvements! In May, Cal Poly will break ground on the new Science and Agriculture Teaching and Research Complex, including six new labs that will greatly expand our research in culinary, sensory and food safety. We are highlighting three of our scholarships in this newsletter. Your support for these and other scholarships is greatly valued! Sincerely,

For information on how to get involved with the department, contact Johan B. Ubbink at jubbink@calpoly.edu. If you’d like to make a donation to the FSN Department, please visit www.fsn.calpoly.edu/ or scan the code below!

Johan B. Ubbink, Ph.D. FSN Department Head





Amy Lammert was recognized for the many research proposals she submitted, the several awards she received, the number of active proposals she was working on and the many collaborators she worked with in 2017-18 academic year.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT Nutrition Professor Peggy Papathakis was awarded a Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program award to spend 10 months in Malawi, Africa, teaching and helping to build the curriculum for a nutrition training program for clinical dietitians at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Papathakis joined Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department in 2006, determined to engage in nutrition research in developing countries and provide global experiences for Cal Poly nutrition students. In the last decade, more than 30 students have worked on her numerous research studies focused on improving the nutritional intake of pregnant women in the small country of Malawi in southeastern Africa.

Kari Pillola was recognized by the Grants Development office as the best faculty member in the Food Science and Nutrition Department to work with. Her colleagues acknowledged her infinite patience, noting that she is genuinely super-minded, patient and open to listening and understanding.



Papathakis will now continue her efforts in Malawi by developing the curriculum and supervising students in a new nutrition program for Malawian students seeking careers in the field of nutrition and dietetics. This is Papathakis’ second Fullbright Scholarship; she received one as a doctoral student in 2001 to conduct research in South Africa on the dual impact of breastfeeding and HIV on women’s nutritional status. Papathakis is one of more than 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-19 academic year through the Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fullbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.


FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION DEPARTMENT WELCOMES NEW FACULTY AND STAFF The department welcomes three new faculty members: Aleksandra Kristo, Angelos Sikalidis, Heather Donovan; and staff member Erin Foote

ALEKSANDRA KRISTO, Ph.D. Aleksandra Kristo studied nutritional sciences and completed her training as a registered dietitian at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. She was a nutrition consultant for a weight-management center in Athens before continuing her graduate studies at the University of Maine. She earned her master and doctoral degrees in food and nutrition sciences while researching the role of polyphenol-rich wild-blueberry diets in hypertension and metabolic syndrome in animal models. Kristo was a founding faculty of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program of Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University in Turkey, where she taught various nutrition courses and conducted research on the nutrition status and education of adolescents (minority high school students) and female college students in relation to adulthood chronic disease risk. She is interested in continuing this line of research at Cal Poly, aiming to improve chronic disease risk of college students through nutrition education.

ANGELOS SIKALIDIS, Ph.D. Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, Angelos Sikalidis earned a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering in 2001 from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a master’s in molecular and biochemical nutrition from UC Berkeley in 2006, and a doctorate in molecular nutrition from Cornell University. He has conducted research in the areas of obesity and cancer, amino acid metabolism, and signaling and use in chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and risk attenuation. He served as a founding faculty member of a nutrition and dietetics Englishspeaking program in a private medical university in Istanbul, Turkey (Istanbul Yeni Yuzyil University,) where he served as an assistant/associate professor. At Cal Poly Sikalidis is interested in teaching the broader area of metabolism and involve students in Type 2 diabetes-related research. Aside from work, he enjoys spending time with his 2-½ year-old daughter and reading about the history of science and philosophy.

HEATHER DONOVAN, M.S., R.D. After growing up in San Luis Obispo County, Heather Donovan wanted to attend Cal Poly. She majored in nutrition, with a minor in psychology. After graduating in 2013, Donovan started working in various kitchen positions at a skilled nursing facility, including as a dishwasher, prep cook and cook. In 2017, she moved to Louisiana to complete a combined master’s degree in nutritional sciences and a dietetic internship program. Donovan graduated in December 2018 and will soon be taking the registration examination for dietitians. At Cal Poly she is teaching FSN 121: Fundamentals of Food lab, FSN 250: Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture lecture, and FSN 343: Institutional Foodservice I lab. She also has senior project students and assists in the grading for FSN 429: Clinical Nutrition I and 430: Clinical Nutrition II. Donovan is interested in research that involves nutrition for the elderly, institutional food service, community food programs, and psychology and food intake. She hopes to share with students her experiences while also continuing to obtain more experience in the nutrition field.

ERIN FOOTE, Instructional Support Technician Erin Foote earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from San Francisco State University in 2012. During that time, she taught nutrition and culinary skills to low-income adults, teens and families with the Cooking Matters program. Before coming to the Food Science and Nutrition Department, Foote worked at Cal Poly’s Associated Students Inc. Children’s Center. She was responsible for maintaining all of the Child and Adult Care Food Program documentation and California Department of Education reporting, creating the menu, program budgeting and supervising student production staff. She now works alongside the lab managers to maintain the culinary and food science laboratories. Foote is in charge of ordering supplies for lab courses, maintaining safety and sanitation, and supporting student success at both a graduate and undergraduate level. She loves working on campus and plans on being around a long time! Because being a part of the FSN Department provides so many opportunities for continued growth and education, she is excited about her future. 2018-19



ADVISORY COUNCIL A successful academic program depends on many collaborators and friends, and it is no different in the Food Science and Nutrition Department. The Food Science and Nutrition Advisory Council serves many purposes: assisting with curriculum decisions, helping with student and faculty recruitment, counseling about facilities, connecting the department with others in business and social communities, and securing financial resources for the department. “I am on the council because of my love of education — especially in the field of nutrition and dietetics. I have recently relocated back to the Central Coast. I previously lived in the San Luis Obispo area and fell in love with the ambiance and people. Good friends have been made here, and I love solving problems and giving my input to make the university the best Learn by Doing school in the U.S.“

Students making apple juice in the Food Processing Laboratory in the early 1960s.

-Merijane McTalley, R.D., Chair Nutrition Ink, Owner “The food processing industry in California values its association with the Food Science and Nutrition Department at Cal Poly. Due to the rigorous curriculum, outstanding faculty and hands-on training, the students graduate with an excellent skill set that prepares them for a wide range of careers in the food industry. Additionally, the faculty are engaged with cutting-edge research that helps keep California’s food companies competitive in the global marketplace. I am honored to serve on the department’s advisory council and contribute to the program.“

-Rob Neenan, Vice Chair California League of Food Processors, President/CEO



FOOD PROCESSING CELEBRATES 60 YEARS In 1959, Cal Poly launched its Food Processing Department, which would eventually become the Food Science and Nutrition Department. Sixty years ago, the emphasis was on preparing students for employment in the food processing industry. Field learning was combined with skills in canning, freezing and dehydrating food products, and classes included welding, food plant quality control, and food processing machinery. Today, we are still emphasizing the same Learn by Doing approach in training our students for successful careers in the food industry, but now with a much broader focus that includes food safety, product development, food chemistry and culinary science. The department will be announcing several events to commemorate the last 60 years of food industry programs at Cal Poly. We hope you will join us in these celebrations.


30 UNDER 30: CAL POLY’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN Nutrition student Haley Wintsch was recently honored as one of Cal Poly’s “30 under 30” Most Influential Women by Women in Business Wire. Wintsch is the Secretary of Health and Wellbeing for Associated Students Inc. This position has allowed her to get involved in numerous campaigns such as Buck the Stigma and It’s On Us. Although both of these events were challenging to plan and work on, Wintsch’s dedication and attitude has made a positive impact on campus. How has this recognition affected you? Receiving this recognition has been a great honor. It was such a surprise to be recognized among the many influential women at Cal Poly. It has really encouraged me to work harder to help Cal Poly and the community of San Luis Obispo. What are your plans after Cal Poly? After I graduate, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s in public health that focuses on health disparities and behavioral health. My goal is to have a career in health promotion and education. Read more about Wintsch, and check out the rest of Cal Poly’s most influential women at: https://wibwire.exposure.co/30-under-30. Photo Credit: Holland Chance

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD Alyssa Friebert (Nutrition, ‘18) was selected by the graduate faculty of Cal Poly as the recipient of the 201718 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Friebert was recognized for her scholastic achievement, dedication to Cal Poly, and contributions to her community. Photo Credit: Peggy Papathakis

Alyssa Friebert at her internship in Malawi, Africa. 2018-19



THE VENESA W. STRONG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP When former professor Venesa Strong passed away in 2016 after a lengthy battle with dementia, her husband of over 40 years, Lester, knew that by establishing a scholarship in her name, he would be celebrating her love of nutrition and dietetics. The Venesa W. Strong Memorial Scholarship was created through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The scholarship helps to relieve the heavy financial burden of becoming a registered dietitian by providing financial support to dietetic interns as they complete their supervised practice experience — a valuable resource to those already bearing large amounts of debt from their undergraduate studies. Strong earned her registered dietitian credentials in the summer of 1965 and worked her first job at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, as a nutritional professional in the Food Service Department. Strong constantly strived to learn more about her profession, which led to her earning a master’s degree in nutritional science from Cornell University. She spent time working at the Rochester New York Visiting Nurse Service, as well as teaching at Cal Poly. In 1996, Strong went one step further by earning an executive Master of Business Administration from UCLA.



Strong was a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for 50 years. She is remembered for her love of people, profession, education and family. She was an engaged lecturer for the Food Science and Nutrition Department at Cal Poly, where she taught for 21 years. She taught courses such as: FSN 321: Contemporary Issues in Food Choice and Preparation, FSN 315: Nutrition in Aging, FSN 250: Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture, and FSN 210: Nutrition. Doris Derelian once asked Strong why she never sought a doctoral degree. Strong responded, “I have too much fun and too much to do to be stuck in one place, even Cal Poly.” Many faculty members remember fondly, and with great appreciation, the marvelous June graduation FSN Department celebrations that Strong planned and led for numerous years. They miss her directness, humor and her sharp sense of who she was. She is also remembered for her enthusiasm and colorful personality. Strong provided outstanding and unwaivering service to students and faculty during her career at Cal Poly, and she contributed where and when we needed her the most, even after her official retirement.

BEATRICE LUNDAY MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT The Beatrice Lunday Memorial Scholarship Endowment, honoring Beatrice Lunday (Nutrition, ’13) who died of brain cancer in 2017, was created by Lunday’s mom and Professor Peggy Papathakis. After years of fundraising, the $25,000 endowment is fully funded, and will be used to provide scholarships to students pursuing their master’s degree in nutrition. Donations can still be made in her name to increase the scholarship funds made available to students annually, including funding the very first scholarship award for the 2019-20 academic year. To donate, contact Kelly Owens-Davalos at 805-756-6235.

HANY KHALIL MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT The Hany Khalil Memorial Endowment for Food Science and Nutrition was established in October 2014 to support Cal Poly Food Science and Nutrition students. The scholarship aims to benefit students by expanding and enhancing their Learn by Doing opportunities and broadening their international engagement. Professor Khalil dedicated his career to student education and contributed internationally to the field of food science. He co-founded the California State University Consortium for International Development, which led to the establishment of the Agriculture Development for Afghanistan Pre-Deployment Training program (ADAPT). ADAPT provided training and tools that enabled deployed military personnel to work with Afghan farmers to improve their agricultural practices to ensure food security and economic development. The Food Science and Nutrition Department honors the late Professor Khalil for his dedication as a passionate educator, leader and international ambassador through the Hany Khalil Memorial Endowment for Food Science and Nutrition. You can make an online gift to the Hany Khalil Memorial Endowment at: giving.calpoly.edu 2018-19



STUDENTS SURP student Stephanie Robinson 10


COVER STORY More than 85 students participated in the 2018 College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences’ 10-week Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), conducting research with faculty mentors in departments across the college. The program, aimed at undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential, was launched in the summer of 2016 to give students the opportunity to have an immersive, hands-on research experience during the summer which might not be possible during the school year.

SURP student Rebecca Bland

Rebecca Bland, a senior food science student working with Associate Professor Amanda Lathrop, responds to questions. What were your expectations from the internship? I had heard great things about the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and was excited for the opportunity to participate. I went into the summer hoping to clarify my area of interest within the broader area of food science.

and to communicate these thoughts and questions more effectively.

Senior student Kalina Gardiner also carries a concentration in nutrition science. She worked under the supervision of Assistant Professor Michael La Frano. What were your expectations from the internship? I expected to work closely with a nutrition professor on a project directly related to nutrition. I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of nutrition and nutrient metabolism, which is the area that my professor specializes in. I saw an opportunity to become trained using a new technique: a UPLC-mass spectrometer that is used for the identification of metabolites. I jumped at the opportunity to gain skills that could potentially open doors to future jobs. Describe your project. We developed and standardized methods in extracting metabolites from human and animal samples, including blood and tissue. The methods we standardized will be used in future research that Dr. La Frano and his team will be using on subsequent projects. What did you learn? I learned that research can be slow and definitely throws some curve balls! On that note, patience is needed. I learned a great deal about lab techniques and chemistry and how the UPLC-mass spectrometer works. Also, I learned how to analyze data and run statistical analysis to understand our findings.

Describe your project. My project centered around the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes. We looked at the growth of Listeria at various temperatures and isolated Listeria-specific bioprotective cultures from fresh produce. For the growth studies, we wanted to determine the growth profiles of pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes and non-pathogenic Listeria innocua at different temperatures to assess if L. innocua could be used as a surrogate organism in temperature abuse studies. In the latter, we isolated background microbiota on kale and determined if they inhibited Listeria growth What did you learn? I learned more than I would have expected. While undergraduate research is seldom complex or groundbreaking, it taught me how to troubleshoot mistakes and think through problems. It forced me to rethink the questions I am asking

SURP students Rochelle Stewart, Baylee Wilhelmson and Kalina Gardiner 2018-19


Stephanie Robinson, a junior wine and viticulture student with an agribusiness minor, recently switched her major from food science. She worked with Ubbink on her summer project. What were your expectations from the internship? My expectations this summer were to learn about the chemistry behind baked goods and to get more experience in the industry. My project was to find a way to reduce sugar content in sweetness and texture. Our hypothesis was that the physical state of sugar (crystalline or dissolved/amorphous) is a controlling factor in the perception of sweetness. Describe your project. My tasks were specifically to work with the texture of cake samples. To test my hypothesis, I formulated a series of baked goods that are based on a standard cake recipe of equal parts flour, sugar, butter and egg but that contain a stepwise reduced amount of egg. The recipe without egg texture-wise resembles a cookie. While reducing egg content makes the cake sweeter, it also changes the sponge-like texture of the cake. I worked to lower the egg content in these recipes as much as possible while keeping the optimal cake texture. To do this, I used a texture analyzing machine and ran many density tests. SURP student Stephanie Robinson

Our results show that we can lower the sugar content of cake by one-third, while not compromising sweetness and texture.

Joy Lieuallen, a senior food science major, worked with Department Head and Professor Johan Ubbink.

What did you learn? I learned a lot of things. I never realized that eggs supply the water content in a batter and small particles, like sugar, dissolve into it. We manipulated many parts of the recipe and were amazed how even the smallest differences can affect the taste of our products.

What were your expectations from the internship? I expected to gain laboratory experience and knowledge on protein structure and interactions. Describe your project. My project was about the mechanical properties of zein, the principle protein in corn. The long-term goal of the project was to understand the mechanical properties of zein in order to use it as an ingredient in meat analogues. What did you learn? While I learned key laboratory skills and a lot about zein, the most valuable thing I learned from this experience was the structure of research. It is a slow process. It requires many trials and errors, and errors are good! Everything you do teaches you something and brings you closer to the answer. It is important to be patient and meticulous and to keep the bigger picture in mind.

SURP student Joy Lieuallen



COVER STORY Senior nutrition student Baylee Wilhelmson worked under the supervision of Assistant Professor Michael La Frano. What were your expectations from the internship? I was expecting to gain experience in how to form and conduct a research study and how to perform lab procedures. Describe your project. The main focus of my research team’s project was vitamin A deficiency. In order to research this deficiency, metabolomics methods were used to assess the metabolic impacts of vitamin A deficiency in male Mongolian gerbil livers, which were collected from the University of Wisconsin. Metabolomics investigates hundreds of metabolites involved in metabolism, such as beginning, intermediate and final products of metabolic pathways. Our metabolomics analysis was performed on a liquid chromatography – Mass Spectrometry instrument and the data results suggested that the metabolites were different between vitamin A deficient and vitamin A sufficient livers. What did you learn? The SURP program provided me with such a great opportunity to grow as a student and as a researcher. Some important skills that I learned and practiced data entry techniques, statistical analysis procedures, tissue sample processing, and metabolite extraction methods. Each of these skills were challenging to learn, but they each taught me how important trial and error is in the research field to obtain results. I learned to come into the lab with an open mind each day because I never knew what challenges I would need to overcome.

SURP student Baylee Wilhelmson

SURP student Katy Yamada

Katy Yamada and Associate Professor Amanda Lathrop worked on their SURP project. Yamada entered the blended master’s program in fall 2017. What were your expectations from the internship? I didn’t have many expectations. I had gotten involved in research during the 2017-18 academic year and wanted to continue. It was a little stressful to take charge of a single project, but it was nice to know I could go to the faculty advisor in charge and get help. Describe your project. I was looking at the growth/die off/survival of E. coli O157:H7, a food-borne pathogen in a model hard cider system. I created an environment that mimicked that of hard cider just based on pH and alcohol by volume percent. The goal was to determine the fate of E. coli O157:H7 in the model system. This was preliminary research aiding toward the bigger goal of ensuring that hard cider in the market place is safe for consumers. What did you learn? I think SURP is a great opportunity for students who are interested in expanding their knowledge on certain topics, getting hands-on experience doing research. It allows you to gain independence when it comes to research ideas, and being introduced into the research world. It taught me a lot about my own capabilities and expanded my knowledge in food safety.



BREWING SUCCESS Interview with Cal Poly alumna Amy Crook, (Food Science, ‘15) who works as quality control manager at Firestone Walker Brewing Co. How was your experience at Cal Poly? Honestly, my experience at Cal Poly started off a little bit rocky. When I began at Cal Poly, I was not fully sure that it was where I wanted to be. My sophomore year, I took a year off from school. I returned to Cal Poly and the Food Science Department and was surprised by how welcoming both faculty and my fellow classmates were. That was a turning point for me, and I really engulfed myself in the Food Science Department, becoming very involved by working for multiple professors, assisting with some graduate student research, joining the sensory team, and also picking up a minor in statistics and a job with Associated Students Inc. In the process, I ended up meeting some of my best friends. I learned that food science is a fun major because everyone shares the same passion for food in all forms, whether it be cooking, growing or fermenting it. It is far from the worst thing to bond over and nerd out about! How did you get your job at Firestone Walker Brewing Company? I started at Firestone as a part-time summer intern before my last year at Cal Poly. When my internship ended, I asked the lab manager if I could stay on part time while I finished school. It was the same quarter I was starting senior project and I ended up collaborating with Firestone on a project, which involved looking at yeast health and how it affects 14


fermentation under the guidance of my boss at Firestone and Assistant Professor Luis Castro of the FSN Department. After graduating, I accepted a full-time position with Firestone working with both the microbiology and packaging labs. From there I was promoted to lab supervisor, where my responsibilities included overseeing the microbiology, packaging and analytical labs. I have recently taken over as lab manager. How did Cal Poly prepare you for this job? Cal Poly gave me a lot of hands-on lab experience and taught me to work in groups, sometimes with tough personalities, to accomplish a common goal. The mix of lab work, technical writing, reading and analysis of research papers, and scientific principle are a great foundational knowledge set that I have continued to grow in my current role. Outside of food science, by forcing myself to take public speaking and creative writing classes, I found the confidence to be outspoken on my opinions and to make sure my voice is heard. Tell us about your experience at Firestone Walker Brewing Co.? Job responsibilities? I have loved my experience with Firestone. One of the best qualities about Firestone it managed to keep its small family feel throughout its growth into the massive operation it is today. Everybody who works for Firestone is passionate about their co-workers and about producing the highest quality

LIFE AFTER POLY beer. You can really feel that as you walk around our campus, and you can taste it in our beers. I started as an intern as part of a team of six doing tasks such as media prep, plating of micro samples, sampling tanks, running the UV spec, running our daily sensory panel and covering the occasional packaging night shift when they were short. As the leader of a team of 11 people, I am now responsible for the “big picture” tasks of the Quality Lab, including: overseeing all lab testing and analyzing data produced, reporting data to the correct parties, monitoring fermentations, troubleshooting production issues, maintaining yeast cultures, assisting with development of new beers, working with the warehouse on product holds, communicating with the other breweries in our family (Firestone is partially owned by Belgian brewery, Duvel Moortgat) on troubles we are having, maintaining all standard operating procedures to current industry standards, helping commission new equipment, and so much more. In the coming years, I will continue to work on expanding our Quality Lab as well as our research and development program.

I have is don’t be afraid to ask questions! In an industry as specified and technical as brewing, there is so much information. Again, the people who I have seen continually grow are the ones that question everything and have the thirst to learn more.

What advice do you have for students who want to pursue a career in food science? I think it is important to remember that the end goal does not have to lead to being a production supervisor for a multi-billion dollar corporate company. There are so many paths that a food science graduate can take, in addition to massive companies. I think one of my big struggles my freshman year was when I put a hair net on during week one in lab and thought to myself, “Nope.” Also, keep your notes! (Anyone who knew me at Cal Poly is probably laughing at this because I took very, very bad notes!) But seriously, I never in a million years thought that I would be wishing I had the chapter on food sanitation where it talked about the difference between iodophors and quats, or sanitizers vs. disinfectants, or that I had my micro textbook to reteach me how to identify microbes. A lot of the food science knowledge that you may not be expecting to use may come popping back up in your professional life. Any final comments or advice? The last piece of advice is: Whatever career path you choose, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want and to take initiative. The worst thing that can happen is that your boss will tell you “no” or to not do that task. In my time at Firestone, the people that I have seen grow the most in their roles are the ones who see a need, bring it to the attention of management, and then act to fulfill that need. Another piece of advice



Golnaz Ghomeshi Friedman (left) with Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President Mary Russell in Washington, D.C..

BELIEVING IN YOURSELF Interview with Cal Poly alumna Golnaz Ghomeshi Friedman, (Nutrition, ‘12) who works as a clinical dietitian at UC Davis Medical Center. How was your experience at Cal Poly? I absolutely loved my experience at Cal Poly. It has been six years since I graduated, and I still light up when I hear someone mention Cal Poly. I loved everything from my academic life to my social life. Regarding academics, I truly feel like you can’t beat Cal Poly. The small class sizes allowed me to truly get to know each one of my professors, many of whom I am still in contact with. It also allowed me to really get to know my classmates. I met some of my best friends through my nutrition classes and other classmates I still keep in touch with. Regarding social life, I can’t say enough. I met my best friends in the dorms – five out of six bridesmaids at my wedding were girls I lived with in the dorms, including my roommate. I worked the Cal Poly Phonathon for the majority of my time at Cal Poly, and it was one of the best work experiences I have ever had. Being part of such an amazing student-run organization provided a super fun work atmosphere and helped me build some great communication skills. The best part of working at Phonathon — I met my husband. What did you do after graduation? I was fortunate to get matched to a dietetic internship my last year at Cal Poly and started at California State University, Sacramento in the fall of 2013. It was a one-year program, and I started working immediately after. I plan to attend



graduate school in the near future. I have always wanted to get my master’s degree, but I wanted to work for a few years to gain a better understanding of what exactly I wanted a master’s in. Hopefully in the next five years, I will obtain that graduate degree. How did you get your job at UC Davis? After my dietetic internship, I began working inpatient clinical at one of my rotation sites. I loved this experience. I continued to build my clinical skills and worked in various units, including trauma/surgical intensive care units and the neonatal intensive care units. After almost two years of working inpatient, I realized what I was really missing was nutrition education and counseling. A full-time outpatient position in the Transplant Clinic opened up at UC Davis and I decided to apply. I was certain that I had no chance since I had no experience with transplant patients, but my mentors encouraged me to “just apply.” I surprised myself and got the job. I have now been working in the Transplant Clinic at UC Davis for four and half years, and I absolutely love it. The population that I work with is amazing, and it challenges me every day. How did Cal Poly prepare you for this job? Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing motto says it all. Every class I took at Cal Poly and every professor I had truly lived up to this motto, and I felt like it prepared me for anything. It has taught


Poster presentation on evaluation of geriatric patients at the NATCO Transplant Conference in Louisville, Kentucky with registered dietitian colleague Rachel Perez.

Golnaz (right) receiving California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics president gavel from Past President Ruth Frechman.

me to learn as I go and that the best way to learn something new is to do it. I have been more open to new opportunities and challenges because I realize that the only way to know if I can do something is to try. Tell us about your experience at UC Davis? What are your job responsibilities? My experience has been great. I have grown so much in the past four-plus years as a professional. UC Davis has provided opportunities that I don’t think I would have gotten otherwise. I work with an incredible and brilliant team of dietitians. This supportive environment has allowed me to participate in research and present abstracts, posters and presentations at conferences all over the country and because of this, I am now a published author. My primary responsibilities include evaluating patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) for Kidney Transplant and providing ongoing nutrition care post-transplant. All patients pursuing kidney transplants are

evaluated for candidacy by a multidisciplinary team, including a transplant nephrologist, registered dietitian and licensed clinical social worker. In addition to caring for ESRD patients, I evaluate anyone who is interested in donating a kidney. Similar to the evaluation process for transplant candidates, all potential living donors are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team to ensure they are fit for surgery. I primarily counsel potential living donors on the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension that can increase risk of kidney disease later in life. I absolutely love the population that I work with. It’s very specialized, but it’s very rewarding. It’s amazing to see patient’s lives transform after a transplant. The generosity and selflessness of our living donors is something that cannot be explained. It’s a very rewarding field to work in. What advice do you have for students who want to pursue a career in nutrition? Do it! I truly believe in the power of nutrition. It’s relevant in so many areas of practice — everyone has to eat. My most obvious piece of advice is to pursue a dietetic internship. The best career you can have in nutrition is one as a registered dietitian. If you don’t match the first year, don’t give up. Get some work experience and apply again. Once you become a registered dietitian, know that you can have a hundred different jobs and still be an R.D. There are so many different areas of practice, including public health, academia, school nutrition, clinical nutrition and private practice — and within each of those practice areas, there are so many different types of jobs. Another piece of advice is to get involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, whether it’s at the district level, the state level or the national level. It is truly the best way to network, open the door to new opportunities, and move our profession forward. My last piece of advice is to stay in contact with your Cal Poly family — your professors and classmates. I can’t even explain how valuable these relationships have been to my career. Any final comments or advice? The best piece of advice that I have received from a mentor is, “Say yes to the things that scare you most.” This piece of advice has led me to take on opportunities and challenges that I never thought I was old enough for, experienced enough for, or skilled enough for. It led me to apply for a position at UC Davis that I never thought I could get, and now I have a career that I love. It sounds cheesy, but believe in yourself. If you don’t, surround yourself with a network that believes in you.







The Cal Poly Food Science Club is an inviting and inclusive environment for food scientists and food enthusiasts alike to congregate and network toward fulfilling careers and full stomachs. The club’s main objectives are to connect with industry professionals to build strong networks, create a Cal Poly food science community, engage the public in food science, and ultimately prepare students for their future careers. This academic year, we are excited to host guest speakers from industry such as: Impossible Foods, Clif Bar & Company, Ecolab, Lyon’s Magnus, Wild Groves Olive Oil, Whalebird Kombucha,and the Specialty Foods Association. These guest speakers are extremely valuable in providing perspectives on how to achieve a successful career in the food industry, as well as internship and job opportunities. Students also build their network by attending conferences such as the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Supplier’s Night, California League of Food Processors Expo, and our newest event: The Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The Cal Poly Food Science Club connects students with the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association. In 2018, the Cal Poly College Bowl Team won the Pacific Southwest Area Meeting and competed in the finals at the Institute of Food Technologists National Meeting in Chicago. We are excited to cheer on College Bowl and our product development teams this upcoming year! For more information, contact: calpolyfoodscienceclub@gmail.com.



The Cal Poly Nutrition Club is comprised of nutrition students and other majors hoping to become future nutrition health professionals. We strive to cultivate friendly and professional relationships among faculty and students interested in nutrition. We invite professors in the Food Science and Nutrition Department to discuss their research and educational backgrounds, for the members who wish to follow in their footsteps or to simply get to know the instructors. The professors provide club members with valuable opportunities to work with them on their research projects at Cal Poly. As a club, we want our members to feel confident about their future career paths, so we invite those who work in the nutrition field within the San Luis Obispo community to talk to us about their careers and responsibilities. Registered dietitian Kaitlin Gibbons from Campus Dining Wellness and Sierra Vista’s Clinical Nutrition Manager Shannon Burman, both Cal Poly alumnae, recently talked to students about their careers. Although we are an academic club, we create events outside our club meeting hours that are focused on building our careers and experiences. We accomplish this is by providing members with connections to nutrition-related volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community. Our members have volunteered at the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, City to the Sea half-marathon, SLO Triathlon, Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County, and the YMCA. We try our best to give our members all the volunteer opportunities they need to best serve the local community and their interests! Through the mission and goals of the Nutrition Club, our organization offers a variety of ways for members to engage in networking events, research and volunteer opportunities to further enhance their experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. For more information, contact: calpolynutritionclub@gmail.com.


IN SUPPORT OF EXCELLENCE The Food Science and Nutrition Department is honored to recognize those whose contributions to the department enable us to continue to provide students with the opportunity to learn and grow at Cal Poly. Thank you for all that you do. Beverly G. and Donald L. Baltz Charles R. Bell and Margaret Stanley Bell Susan L. Bertelsen Benevity Community Impact Fund Darren N. Blass Laurel A. Place and Donald L. Boyd Delton M. and Elizabeth T. Boardman Richard A. Brockington California League of Food Processors California Olive Ranch Inc. Mark Carbone and Grisel Monserrat Gerald W. Carlson Central Coast Distributing The Charles Schwab Corporation Edee L. Charlton Robert Charlton Suzanne M. Chasuk Chevron John Chow and Jane Feng John P. and Karen S. Crass Hyun and James Crites Andrea J. Curran David M. and Rachael M. Drake Donald G. and Jaime E. Dyer Mariam Emyan Eurofins Food Integrity and Innovation Kathleen J. Evans Fidelity National Title Co. Maryashley W. Fisher Food Industry Foundation Kate French Kropf Golnaz G. and Micah E. Friedman Dona M. Fuchiwaki and Gordon S. Shiozaki Marianne and Robert L. Gibbs Dennis J. and Julianne L. Gilles Christopher A. and Cindy W. Greig David and Karen M. Gronowski

Adrienne M. and Joseph A. Gualco Paul and Susan A. Hamersky Nancy D. and Harley J. Hanson Stacey M. Hawley Lorraine and Thomas Herlihy Daren D. and Thomas R. Hillebrandt Institute of Food Technologists Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Kaiser Permanente Northern California Alisone R. and Jeffrey M. Kopita Anthony H. and Rita A. Kral Gregory G. and Ruth E. Lang Mike and Shannon Larrabee Amanda A. Lathrop and Michael D. Heying Holly A. and Matthew C. Lewry McKenna M. Lewry Donald M. and Janice F. Lunday Margaret G. Lunday Lyons-Magnus Jana D. Lytle Ernest J. and Linda K. Mandere Sean P. McLaughlin Mary L. and David B. Messier Kristen E. Miller Kathleen S. and Samuel T. Miyamoto Kimberly R. Miyamoto Kenneth F. Morganti The Morning Star Co. Charles B. and Flavia Muttillo Catherine S. and Lee Nakamura Larry L. and Patricia M. Newby O-I Packaging Solutions Pacific Coast Producers Peggy C. and John A. Papathakis Ruth A. and William H. Pata Garth A. and Michelle P. Pecchenino Sue A. Pierce

Ann Pivarski Laurel A. Place and Donald L. Boyd Kate M. Polsky Elaine M. Ramos Doyle Angela M. Rezai Cheryle C. Robinson Chris J. Rufer/The Morning Star Co. Angeli Ruiz Cynthia H. and David B. Runstrom William A. and Susan L. Russell Jenny R. Russo Novak Donald Y. Saiki Christine A. Salustro Paul and Tomoko Samiere Jose M. Samson Steven G. Seeley and Stephanie K. Schneider James D. Shreve Bill S. Smittcamp Bruce T. and Stephanie J. Sneed The Spice Hunter Susan G. Spencer Stephen F. Thompson Maegan K. Tyndall Johan B. Ubbink Danielle Van Liefde Richard K. and Shirley O. Vernon Anita E. and Stephen J. Warner Wawonza Frozen Foods Inc. Sandi and Tracy Weaver Brent R. and Sarah K. Wells Wells Fargo and Co. Sherry A. Wintsch Edwin and Nancy Wong Klaus B. and Corinna Zaglmayr Frauke and Thomas B. Zajac

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